Flying Lady Editorial Guideline

Flying Lady Editorial Guideline [as approved 2/3/2018]

The Purpose of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club

The purpose of RROC is to encourage the preservation, use and restoration of Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles through educational presentations, dissemination of technical and historical information, and social meetings and gatherings.

The Flying Lady Supports the Club’s Purpose
The Flying Lady is the Club’s flagship publication and the Club’s website,, is the home of the Club’s digital content. The Flying Lady may be delivered in print and/or digital formats.
The Flying Lady’s primary goal is to help the Club’s members preserve, use and restore their motorcars. It is a resource not only for present but for future readers.
A secondary goal of The Flying Lady is to advance the social and community benefit of club membership and includes sharing information with members about Club-related activities such as Meets and Tours as well as to disseminate relevant information about the products from Bentley Motors and Rolls-Royce Motorcars.
In The Flying Lady, practical, relevant, technical and historical information on Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars from all eras will be presented in a manner consistent with the high standards and reputations of both car brands and of the RROC.
Regions and Societies as well as individual members are encouraged to submit content to the editor/s of The Flying Lady for possible inclusion consideration.

Flying Lady Content
The Flying Lady will consist primarily of:
  • Technical articles
  • Reviews of Club activities such as Meets, Tours, Seminars and other member oriented events  (National, Regional and Societies)
  • Promotion of upcoming Club events and activities (National, Regional and Societies)
  • Official communications from the Club’s leadership about Club business
  • Information about Rolls-Royce Motorcars’ activity in the marketplace, such as new car reviews, dealer news, parts news, etc.
  • Information about Bentley Motors’ activity in the marketplace such as new car reviews, dealer news, parts news, etc.
  • Profiles of notable club members and their cars
  • Paid classified advertising from individual members and from members’ businesses
  • Club-approved paid display advertising from member and non-member businesses
In digital versions, or digital extensions of the print versions, The Flying Lady may have additional related multimedia content, but will adhere to the same editorial control exercised over the print edition.

Desirable Attributes of Flying Lady Content:
  • Content should primarily focus on the club, its members and its members’ cars and support club activities and programs that provide opportunities for club members to gather together, grow and learn from each other, get value from the club and each other, and give back to the club and each other.
  • Historical or feature articles on non-member Rolls-Royce or Bentley cars may be considered if they are of extraordinary interest or significance.
  • Because The Flying Lady serves as the Club’s journal, the subjects of technical articles should be new, not subjects that have been covered in past issues unless there is a new approach to the repair or procedure or unless new technology offers a better way of doing things. Members who submit technical articles are encouraged to review The Flying Lady Index and archived editions of The Flying Lady to determine what is in the record for a subject matter.  Technical articles previously published in Region or Society publications are considered.
  • Technical articles should embrace the safest possible way of executing a repair or procedure.
  • The Flying Lady discourages articles that suggest the use of non-approved or non-authentic parts substitutions for parts that the manufacturers of Rolls-Royce Motorcars and Bentley Motors continue to make available.
  • The Flying Lady will consider articles that suggest part substitutions for items that are no longer available from Bentley Motors or Rolls-Royce Motorcars as long as it can be demonstrated that they provide equal function and safety.
  • To the extent that it is knowable and practical given technical/materiel advances, technical articles in The Flying Lady should not be in conflict with procedures "officially" prescribed or sanctioned by the car companies.
  • Any article or photograph that references particular motorcars shall list the motorcars’ chassis numbers and owners’ names unless owner/s directs otherwise.
  • The Flying Lady will consider for publication articles about technological alterations to Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars as long as they are in the interest of increased safety, reduced emissions or about the addition of items approved by the Chief Judge, such as air-conditioning on post-WWII motorcars. The list of approved changes can be found in the judging manual.
  • The Flying Lady will not be used as a "soap box” by the Editor, the Board, or HQ staff. It will remain strictly neutral in all matters, and is generally not the platform to inform or influence internal Club discussions (lawsuits, controversial decisions, problems, issues with vendors, slander etc.).
  • The Flying Lady will not take an antagonistic or critical stance against the car companies.